Last weekend, Lincoln County High School softball competed in the March Warm-up Tournament in St. George.
Their first game was against a 5A school from Rigby, Idaho.
Sadie Soderborg pitched the entire game. She struck out five batters and also had two hits. Kailey Kelley added a double and two RBIs. Brynlee Wadsworth also had a good hitting game with two hits.
The Lady Lynx fought, but fell short 8-6.
Of their next opponent, Coach Phil Boucher said, “Grand County from Moab was a very good hitting team.”
The girls committed four errors, which led to eight unearned runs for Grand County.
Kendra Mathews had two hits, one of which was a double. Hannah Bleak had two solid hits along with two RBIs. Baylee Cameron also had a double.
But Grand County beat Lincoln 18-5.
The Lady Lynx then played Carbon County.
Lincoln trailed Carbon 3-0 at the top of the first when Kelley tied the game with a three-run homerun in the bottom half of the inning. The team then took the lead and held it at 4-3 for a while. However, five fielding errors allowed Carbon to get nine easy runs and take the lead once more, so Lincoln lost 19-4.
“The girls again took it on the chin to an excellent Carbon County team. This team was by far the best hitting team we have seen this year,” said Boucher.
Another 5A team, Skyline, from Idaho Falls, was next. The game started out back and forth. Skyline was barely ahead 5-4 until the fifth inning, at which point they broke the game open with six runs. Wadsworth had two solid hits to help the team and Kelley landed a triple. Lincoln, however, still lost 14-4.
The final game of the tournament was against Beaver. Boucher said, “Good hitting and fielding led to a 12-6 win.”
Kelley’s second home run of the weekend kickstarted the Lady Lynx. Kelley went 3 for 3 at bat, leading to five RBIs. Lexi Long pitched the whole game, only surrendering five earned runs.
Boucher mentioned Hannah Bleak’s exceptional fielding in the game. Macie Howard, the only catcher for the weekend, also did an excellent job.
On the 13th, the Lady Lynx had a home game against White Pine High School. By the bottom of the second, Lincoln was down 4-0. Mathews kickstarted the comeback with a deep hit out to left field, sending the two girls on base home. With a few more runs, they tied it up in the third inning.
During the fourth inning, the Lynx had run after run. They took the lead and got back to fielding. However, eight runs later and the teams were once again tied.
Wadsworth hit one out to centerfield and sent Kelley home to pull ahead. White Pine caught up again, 17-17.
The Lynx held their breath when their teammates were up to bat, hoping they could get a run to end the game.
Hannah Bleak hit a line drive to center field. Laura Pearson was on base and took the opportunity to run home and win the game.
Yesterday, Lincoln played Virgin Valley at home. League play begins on today at home against Mountain View at 1 and 3 p.m.